Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn denies allegations

TOKYO • Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn (picture) has denied allegations of financial misconduct, claiming he had no intention of making false reports, Japanese media said yesterday.

The Brazil-born tycoon, who has not spoken publicly since he was arrested last Monday, told prosecutors he did not intend to understate his income on financial reports, public broadcaster NHK said.

Without exercising his right to remain silent, Ghosn advocated his view to prosecutors, NHK said, quoting unnamed sources.

Ghosn was sacked as Nissan chairman last Thursday, a spectacular fall from grace for the once-revered boss whose arrest and ouster have stunned the business world.

Prosecutors accuse Ghosn and fellow executive Greg Kelly of under-reporting the former chairman’s income by around ¥5 billion (RM184.8 million). Kelly also denied the allegations, saying Ghosn’s salaries were paid appropriately, news reports said.

A small team involving Nissan’s board members carried out its internal probe confidentially on concerns about possible destruction of evidence by Ghosn, Japan’s Kyodo News reported, quoting unnamed sources.

The company speeded up the probe to oust Ghosn swiftly as Nissan officials were increasingly worried about his plan to review the Renault SA-Nissan capital tie-up, it said.

Ghosn is being held custody in a Tokyo detention centre. — AFP